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Lead Finaling/Compositing Artist

Mid-City, Los Angeles Animation - LA
Skydance offers a dynamic, inclusive, and ever-evolving culture where innovative ideas are welcomed, and growth fostered. The partnership between unique creativity and technological advancements are demonstrated within each pillar of the company. At the heart of it all is a commitment to boldly entertaining and relevant storytelling.
 
While all Animation studios look to hire people who are creative and hard-working, Skydance Animation is specifically looking for pioneers who seek to push the limits of what the world’s most collaborative art form can achieve, and to give those pioneers the space and the resources to build a new studio that’s doing something different.
 
If you’ve ever dreamt of what the early days of Hollywood must have been like, of what it takes to roll up your sleeves and break new ground, figure out a new process, and to one day say, “I was there when it all began,” then welcome aboard…
Skydance Animation is continuously looking for talent to support our growing slate of films. We are seeking a Lead Finaling/ Compositing Artist to help support final frame delivery to DI. The ideal candidate is expected to help design and implement internal workflows for vetting final media, produce mattes and paint fixes that may come up during our final image process and eventually lead a team of finaling artists. #animation

Responsibilities

  • Client-side compositing pipeline trouble shooting
  • Image-centric liaison between production, editorial, and post
  • Nuke tools and workflows development
  • Responsible for all paint fixes that come up during DI process
  • Matte processing/production during the DI process
  • Work closely with internal tech teams to ensure integration with our in-house pipeline
  • Take responsibility of a brand-new area of our pipeline, get stuff done, and make our colorist, editorial and post supervisors happy!
  • Lay the ground for a team of paint fix and finishing artist
  • Requirements

  • 5+ years’ experience on animated feature films, TV and/or Vfx features
  • Experience in directing the development of tools and workflows for teams
  • Thorough understanding of compositing
  • A deep knowledge of Nuke (using, troubleshooting, script development, etc.)
  • A comprehensive understanding of the Nuke Python API
  • Extensive knowledge of industry standard libraries and tools such as USD, PyQt, rez, git, etc.
  • Great communication skills
  • Willingness to work in a highly dynamic production environment and collaborate with artistic, Post and Editorial staff
  • An ability to quickly acquire a working understanding of both off-the-shelf and proprietary software tools
  • An adaptable approach, with the ability to balance your workload with the needs of the artists and production deadlines
  • Working Knowledge of color pipelines using OCIO
  • Bonus

  • Experience with other VFX packages like Houdini and or Maya
  • Experience developing in C++ environment
  • Skydance is a diversified media company founded by David Ellison in 2010 to create high quality, event-level entertainment for global audiences. The Company brings to life stories of immersive worlds across its feature film, television, interactive, and animation divisions.
     
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